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Bern Pearson

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  • My Project Cars
    1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe Two door


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    Crawfordville Florida
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    Antique cars

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  1. I have a 1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe with the 219 CU single barrel carb. The car is stock except for a 12V conversion. I fell in with bad company and they've talked me into switching the single barrel carb for a dual primary with secondary. But since these are V8 guys they couldn't tell me which carb might do a good job. We calculated anything from about 175CFM to 200CFM. Has anyone done this? If so: What carburetor did you use? What adapter plate? Did it improve drivability? Bolt to bolt on the carb to manifold measures 2 7/8. Thanks. Bern
  2. I'm not at all sure if you (Loren) are going to see this. Thank you. I found the parts. I probably surfed past them because I had no clue what I was looking for. (It's hard to find something if you don't know what you're looking for.) Not sure I can come up with something that will serve as I suspect anything I can fab will bend badly over time. Thanks again. Bern
  3. I've refurbished the vacuum "motor" for the wipers on my P15 special deluxe. (1948) There's a hole in the dash where there must have been a switch or lever to turn them on. But there's nothing there and there's nothing under it that would connect to the vacuum motor's "selector." What does this mechanism look like. How can I fabricate or buy one? Or, must I switch to electric. (I gather I won't be able to mount the radio if I do.) Any advice is appreciated. Kind regards, Bern
  4. Thanks for your response. Can I transfer the parts from my R10 over to the OD trans and then install it? Or, is the dissimilarity somewhere else? Kind regards, Bern
  5. I can't tell who manufactured the Packard OD trans. It's caked with crud and the weather is not conducive to cleaning it. I bought it with a freshly rebuilt 288 Packard engine and was told it worked. The owner was converting a '48 four door sedan to a two door convertible and putting in a 350. (It looked really nice. He had engineered a folding top, which is amazing.) BTW, I didn't and don't have anything to put the engine in, but it was a rebuilt Packard straight 8 for $1000. I saw it running and he wanted less than the rebuild kit would have cost...and, I always wanted one. (Gawd am I a sick puppy? ) At some point I want a rat rod so I am collecting parts. Here are the photos. Perhaps it is obvious to someone who made it? If the weather warms up, I'll pressure wash it and paint it and get back to you. Kind regards, Bern
  6. I am not sure how the responses work as I was going to reply to each one but can't figure out how. Turns out that at some point I bought an OD R10. Here are the photos. Will it work as a direct bolt on and what suggestions does anyone have as to what I should do as far as refurbishing it? If I pull the access plate and the gears look okay is it good to go? Do I have to shorten the driveshaft? What additional parts are required? Here's the info on the case... Any idea what it means? GM 6 8945122 ?E291 The question mark is because I can't make out the symbol 5 RIOH-1 W.G.DIV. Will post the Packard info next Many thanks, Bern
  7. First, thank you to those who have graciously answered my questions to date. You have saved me oodles of time and a bushel basket of twenties. I have a 1948 Plymouth special deluxe with the original flat six and column actuated three speed transmission. I plan on keeping the original engine as is. The column actuated three speed transmission works fine. The problem is that I want to drive the car long distances on the highway. At sixty-five it sounds like the engine is two seconds from blowing itself apart. (It would make a great sound effect for a single seat propeller fighter heading straight for the ground.) I have a manual transmission with overdrive for a 1948 Packard. Can I adapt it to the Mopar flat six? Does anyone make an adapter? Would the same clutch work? Does anybody have advice on the plusses and minuses? What are my other options? What would the other options cost and where can I acquire the parts? Is there a modern (less expensive?) four speed? What about the gearing for the flat six's presumably lower RPM's and horsepower? There is a shop in Tallahassee that will cut down the driveshaft if needed. Many thanks, Kind regards, Bern
  8. Than you very much. You have saved me a lot of work. Kind regards, Bern
  9. While converting my 1948 Plymouth special delux to 12 volts discovered that the only electrical connection on the starter, the lug that goes from the starter to the starter relay, located on the fender well, was grounded to the rest of the engine, and metal on the car. It turns out the lug has some play in it and can intermittently ground or not depending on its wiggle. This car has no starter solenoid. It is a push button start with a starter relay that has one connection to the battery and another to the starter lug in question. A smaller wire goes to the starter button. The similar lug on my 1848 Packard engine starter and my '56 Studebaker also read grounded. I was going to rebuild the starter on the Plymouth, but am wondering if it's necessary. Should the single electrical connection, the lug on the starter read as ground, or do I need to rebuild the starter? Thank you;.
  10. Thank you. I appreciate the information. Kind regards, Bern
  11. What a wonderful offer. Thank you. I have the horn ring and center cap. I didn't show it in the photo because I thought there was a missing item that I believed I went under the center dome. Apparently, the reason the horn does not work is the wiring has bone bad. I am looking into that today. Again, many thanks, Bern
  12. Thanks! Maybe it just has some bad wiring. I will try that.
  13. Hey, thanks. Maybe it is all there and I have a different problem. Appreciate your effort!
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